Libraries and museums are using broadband to expand access to content and create communities where all people have the ability to access and use information technologies.
National Initiative: Building Digital Communities
Full participation in American society requires the ability to access and use digital content and technologies. Libraries, businesses, hospitals, schools, cultural institutions, community technology centers and local governments face difficult decisions about how to create and sustain access to broadband technologies.
Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to broadband programs (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)
Broadband content on the IMLS Web site:
September 26, 2013 02:14 PM
IMLS provides support for Pacific Territories, Freely Associated States, and U.S. Virgin Islands through a competitive process. Grants to the region include funding for a project in Honolulu, Hawaii.
July 18, 2013 01:05 PM
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today grants serving 242 federally-recognized tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations and totaling $1,672,000.
March 21, 2012 10:30 AM
IMLS has released Building Digital Communities: A Framework for Action and its companion primer Building Digital Communities: Getting Started, new resources to help set a vision for the future.
August 15, 2013 09:03 AM
Director Hildreth participated in the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, engaging with other library leaders to discuss new ways of thinking about the mission and role of public libraries in their communities.
August 14, 2013 12:17 PM
Jamie Hollier was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. Hollier serves as the project manager for DigitalLearn.org, an online hub for those who teach and support digital learners through a community of practice and a collection of training resources.
June 25, 2013 12:14 PM
A new report from IMLS and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading shows how libraries and museums prepare young children for success.
Five museums and five libraries have won the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.
Garden State communities are quickly finding that history and high-tech intersect on the New Jersey Digital Highway, a newly developed web portal that is linking historical institutions around the state and helping to digitize their rich collections.
March 1, 2012 02:16 PM
A guide to help spark community conversation and action to increase broadband adoption and use.
The Framework encourages engagement across all sectors of the community so that "all people, businesses, and institutions have access to digital content and technologies that enable them to create and support healthy, prosperous, and cohesive 21st century communities.”
This brief provides a demographic analysis of public access computer users and uses and demonstrates that public libraries are providing much more than basic technology access.
Quick summary of the impact of library services for digital literacy and broadband adoption.